MQM-P’s Dr Naushad murder motivated by ‘personal enmity’

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HYDERABAD: The murder of a member of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Dr Naushad–who was shot down in Hyderabad on Wednesday– was motivated by personal rivalry and not political gains, according to reports.

Dr Naushad was shot dead by unidentified assailants. The MQM leader, a veterinary doctor, was returning home after dropping off his children at school when unidentified men opened fire on him as soon as he stepped out of his car near his house on Hali Road.

Residents of the area called police after spotting his body, which was subsequently shifted to Liaquat University Hospital, Hyderabad.

Police have identified one of the attackers as Shahid ‘Dancer’, however, the attackers managed to flee and are still at large.

MQM-P chief Dr Farooq Sattar termed the murder as “open terrorism” and urged that the culprits be held accountable.

Dr Naushad was considered to be a close aide of MQM-P Deputy Convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui. He was quite active in Hyderabad and looked after a sector of MQM-P.

Earlier in September, MQM-P leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan was the target of an assassination attempt in Karachi’s Buffer Zone area.

Hassan, who is the leader of the opposition in the Sindh Assembly, had escaped unhurt. However, four others were injured in the incident.

Eight suspected militants belonging to the newly-formed Ansarul Sharia Pakistan (ASP), who were said to be involved in the attack on Khawaja Izhar, were shot dead in an ‘encounter’ by security forces on Saturday.

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